From our General Manager
3, 2, 1…Happy New Year!
And just like that the year has gone; a year that has caused pain and sorrow for so many but a year that has shown the strength and resilience of Canberra and the Pegasus community.
As term 4 began, we welcomed back the last of our participants who had not been able to attend since we first shutdown in March. It was truly a heart-warming moment seeing the children return with smiles on their faces as they instantly remembered where they were. The Pegasus bus service started back up again for our Malkara and Cranleigh students while tough cleaning procedures remained in place and become second nature in this new world we live in.
This time of year always has a sense of excitement as we head towards the end of school and into Christmas and the holiday season. With all the difficulties of the year, term 4 ran an extra week than previous years, just that little bit extra for all who have missed out. Programs finished on Saturday, 12 December with food, gifts and reports handed out during the week. For the second year, Hayman Partners kindly gifted all participants with a fabulous Christmas present – this year a highly detailed leather horse from Bungendore Leather Works. These beautiful gifts were very gratefully received and much loved by all. Thank you, Hayman Partners.
As always Pegasus held its AGM in November, presenting to the members an improved position from the previous year but still recording a loss overall and highlighting the difficulties of not receiving government block funding. 2020 presented some very tough decisions for the board and management to ensure the longevity of Pegasus beyond 2022. The annual report can be viewed on our website with all the details. Annual Report
November also saw our annual Corkhill Bros Pegasus Charity Race Day proceed. Another victim of COVID, we were fortunate to be able to reschedule this event from June to November. The weather was perfect, as supporters dressed up and enjoyed a day at the races while raising crucial funds to support Pegasus. Thank you to Corkhill Bros, Thoroughbred Park and all who sponsored races and tables.
Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas and before we knew it our Christmas Party and Volunteer Appreciation Evening was on again. Held for the second year at Radford College, a big afternoon was enjoyed by all with ice cream, coffee (for the adults), the ever-popular Lions Club BBQ, live music and even a roving magician. Made possible this year with the support of Parbery who generously covered the costs of the event, it meant we could provide a great afternoon while not taking away funds needed to support our programs. Thank you Parbery for your support and thank you to Radford College for providing the venue once again.
As always, we held on Volunteer Appreciation Awards at the same time. Congratulations to everyone who received an award this year and thank you, as always, to our amazing volunteers for all that you do. This year also marked a special occasion for one of our volunteers, Sheila, who has reached the amazing milestone of 20 years of volunteering service at Pegasus. We all had a great time embarrassing Sheila as we shared stories and experiences. Thank you, Sheila, for your service and we look forward to many more years ahead.
With the Christmas party marking the last day of programs we could all sit back for just a few moments and reflect on what the year had delivered. It was hard to think this time last year we were choking on smoke while so much of the country was on fire, only to be hit with a hailstorm and then COVID; you couldn’t have made this stuff up. But there was no time to rest. The following week we were straight back into it, planning for 2021 was underway, new horses were being viewed and an exciting new project for 2021 was starting to take shape. With thanks to ACT Government Sport and Recreation, funding has been secured to reconfigure the small indoor arena into an unmounted, wheelchair friendly facility. A new surface and a new wheelchair access ramp into the building will see the Norah Stretton Arena getting a new lease on life, a facility dedicated to unmounted programs for those living with a disability – we are very excited to be able to offer such an amazing service. Please continue to watch this space as we push hard to get this completed and ready for term 2, 2021.
So, as we bid farewell to 2020 and head into 2021, I would like to thank you all for your support, patience, and dedication to Pegasus over the past 12 months. If ever there was a time to prove the strength and resilience of the Pegasus community, the year 2020 was it. Please stay safe, look after yourself and check up on those around you as we enter a new normal; and I look forward to seeing you again in 2021.
Executive General Manager